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Store:  Family Games, Card Games
Edition:  Freight Train
Theme:  Train
Genre:  Set Collection
Format:  Card Games

Freight Train

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 60-90 minutes 2-5

Designer(s): Alan R Moon

Manufacturer(s): Mayfair Games

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Product Description

In Freight Train, each player must run his own freight yard and put together the longest freight trains possible. All players use the same main freight yard which always has cars available, although not every type of car is always available. Players must switch cars from the main freight yard directly to their trains or into their own freight yards.

The game lasts three days, but each day is comprised of a different number of turns. Late in each day, the tension mounts as players try to insure their trains will be one of the two longest. The locomotives are waiting to roll. Are you ready?

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Alan R Moon

  • Manufacturer(s): Mayfair Games

  • Year: 1996

  • Players: 2 - 5

  • Time: 60 - 90 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 390 grams

Product Reviews

 
 
 
 
 

Average Rating: 3.8 in 4 reviews

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Long frustrating game
July 16, 2001

This was a very long and quite frustrating game. It didn't appear to rely on much more than luck, with a little messing around. It also requires a huge amount of table space, which makes playing the game a lot harder. You lay out all your cars in front of you, plus there are several rows on the table which people have to choose from.

Not a very enjoyable game, something we will never play again.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
 
 
 
 
 
Whooo! Whooo!
March 05, 2001

This is one of my favorite Moon designs. It is a lot like Get the Goods, but I find it to be much more rewarding. The theme is running and organising a freight yard and it feels right. There are three days (rounds) and at the end of each you score for having the longest or second longest train in each car type, or one mixed train in which the cars all have to be different. On the first day you also get one point for every 2 cars in your private holding yard. On the last day you get -1 point for each car still there.

During your turn you can choose to do one thing.

  1. From a common pool of various type of freight cars you choose 3 cars to add to your trains, matching types, or placing them in your own holding yard.
  2. Pull 1 to 4 trains from your holding yard and add them to your trains (matching type)
  3. Add another Locomotive and another opportunity to score. This can only be done once on the first and second day.
  4. Rearrange your private yard. This action costs one victory point. Every time I have seen it used it was to avoid taking cars in the last round which would have to be put into the private yard.

This game is a favorite with my girlfriend and her daughter. The only caution is you will need a lot of table space.

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A great family game and easy to pack along on trips.
August 20, 2000

Just because it's a game with trains doesn't mean that only the boys will like it! I'm a Mom and enjoy playing this game with my 11 year old son and my husband. We took this game with us when we went on a road trip out west. We exhausted ourselves hiking all day and stayed up late at night playing Freight Train. Warning: the more table space you have, the better.

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